A fantastic sight

Record Number Of Cranes Fly In

A record number of cranes have been spotted by Lake Hornborga in West Götaland, in the south of Sweden. 18,500 of the migratory birds were counted on Monday evening, a number surpassing last year’s record of 15 300. 

Anders Bergström from the area’s nature centre, said that he was forced to recount several times to make sure he had the correct number. The first crane, a welcome sign of spring in Sweden, was spotted at the lake several days earlier than usual.

Anders Bergström said that many people travel to the lake during easter time to see the birds dance, which is part of their mating ritual, and although some will have flown off, there’ll still be thousands left for visitors to enjoy.

The birds spend their winters in southern Spain, and fly through France and Germany on their way to Sweden. They choose Lake Hornborga because of the plentiful amount of food available.   

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